It's hard to imagine that so many years have come and gone. The time just flies by faster and faster as we get older. Today my dear childhood friend would have reached that milestone birthday. Perhaps we would've shared a funny joke about it on "facebook" or talked for hours on the phone to catch up. This morning as I am about to gather my stuff together to speak in front of a room full of people I am going to try and harness the bravery and confidence that she always had, and take that feeling with me. I think sometimes in life we are drawn to people because they are something that we are not, or can say the things we wish we could say. I know that she amazed me with her daring ideas and loyalty. I miss her, and realize that my blog has been around to see four more years pass. Happy Birthday Cindy
Just booked my flight to Seattle to visit the Fiance's family! Can't wait to check out all the places that my man has talked about for ages. It's going to be nice to finally get out of L.A. and be officially UNABLE to be reached by work and stress
check it out! If you are near San Francisco this Thursday night please go and check out my work. I will be attending the CLOSING art party for this April 29th (at the end of the month before it's taken down) And will be bringing limited ed prints and clothes. XOXO
The boys have been enjoying their leisure time in the new home. They spend days slumbering in the window sunshine and playing hide and seek. Occasionally they invite their canine pal Carlos over for some t.v. time. They have accepted him into their snug circle because "for a dog" he is pretty cool and plays with cat toys too.
It amazes me every day how lucky we are to have such strange and entertaining creatures as pets.
Kime Buzzelli is a Los Angeles based painter, illustrator and costume designer. Her artwork is inspired by fashion, film, music, make believe, mysteries and voyeurism. Fantastical portraits of women are layered on heavy papers using watercolors and markers to invoke dreamlike moments. She currently works as the Assistant Costume Designer for The CW Television Network show 90210.
The time has come to let go of some more stuff. Spring cleaning time has arrived. If I sat all day and posted the things I have to unload for 24 hours a day, it would still take a week to clean house. I figured some of these things might be good for you readers, so here is the link to my ebay shop SHOW PONY
I apologize to you loyal moldy doilies who have written me questions lately and for not responding soon enough...finally more time is on my side- so I promise to be more on top of the posts and ready with responses!
After a week of brutal Pilates classes (for those of you who don't know me, I will confess I am the least flexible person on the planet) Being an amateur at yoga, and all other exercise classes, I was unprepared for the amount of creepy stress and agitation that pours from the hip sockets and shoulders. I have been an emotional crab face since attending classes and have found myself weeping at sappy sitcoms for no apparent reason. On the plus side I can barely sneeze or walk, which means I am utilizing muscle groups that I have never used!
This time off is finally about to get productive, which is good considering I have an upcoming wedding (poorly planned for sure) and a house to "officially" settle into.
Anyone growing up in the 80's will acknowledge that actor Corey Haim was a true talent. He was sort of a Robert Pattinson of the MTV era kids. He was even in a vampire movie all his own...Lost Boys. But his role in "Lucas" was the film that won me over. Adorable geek tries to win the love of a popular girl. This movie came out in 1986- march and touched upon all the classic themes of popular vs geek, superficiality and underdog, and soon became a cult classic teen movie. It features a super young Winona Ryder (her first major role), Jeremy Piven, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Kerri Green as "the girl". watch the trailer HERE if you've never seen this before.
I normally wouldn't blog about his passing, but this past year has really been a whirlwind of teen nostalgia vanishing. I realized this when Michael Jackson and director John Hughes passed away, that I was also mourning the loss of that time period in my life as well. With their passing, they reminded me of my old dance routines in the driveway, the introduction of the VCR and boys coming over to watch movies in the basement, and the "neighborhood" I lived in pre-parent Divorce where no one locked doors. Their deaths brought back a sudden realization that things were no longer as simple as they were back in the 80's. I know this is a silly realization, Duh Kime! But truly I sometimes think about what an impact some of these movies,performers and film makers had on us as teens. Way before everyone was so connected by social network sites and cell phones, we actually had to try to connect with something or someone. I kind of liked it way better. There is no way now to go back to the way it was, busy signals (emergency breakthroughs), actually going into a library to check out books to write a school paper. Ahhhh. It's official I am turning into a grown up. I'm going to be like my father and cherish the "good old days" the 80's will be like my dad's 60's. I suppose I will choose to recall Corey Haim as a gawky teen collecting bugs or fighting vampires.
I discovered the incredible artistry of fashion designer Tsumori Chisato while visiting Japan. I couldn't believe the fantastic color palette and sheer chiffon prints. It seemed we were inspired by the same stimuli. I have encountered many of her dresses in resale shops and awed by there interesting cuts and color combinations. Her recent 2010 fall line has such magical WOW potential. Some gypsy infused flapper/circus misfit creations. They are reminiscent of old school designer Diane Fres, and her whimsical wild prints, of which I am truly a fan as well. Style .com writer Hadley Freeman sums it up best here...
If Vivienne Westwood and Celia Birtwell had a child, raised it in Japan, and reared it on a diet of manga cartoons and Disney films, that child would grow up to be Tsumori Chisato. With Pierrot dolls, gypsies, and circus performers all jostling in her latest collection as inspirations, resulting in a whirl of stripes, bright colors, and intricate illustrations, hers is not an aesthetic for the minimalist. But a glance at the very colorful audience attending Chisato's show proved that there are plenty of people who are happy to think of their bodies as canvases for clothes, as opposed to thinking of clothes as canvases to flatter the body.
In fact, like Birtwell and Westwood, Chisato can be deceptively restrained with her everything-and-the-kitchen-sink style. Well, mostly. If any woman out there felt that her life was lacking a double-layer ruffled mini cape in orange and purple, this gap is now filled in her wardrobe. Yet, these occasional slips into OTT-ness aside, Chisato almost always thinks carefully about the effect of the clothes on the onlooker. Thus, there were some terrific color combinations once the monochromatic opening section passed, such as a purple jacket with black frogging and a large brown cape with heavily stitched red pockets. A black velvet bolero crusted with gold trim looked particularly good over a paisley playsuit, with the former playing down the intensely patterned nature of the latter, and the latter adding some fun to the sober glamour of the former. Chisato's skill with patterns has attracted the canny attention of Le Petit Bateau, and their collaboration will be in stores in November.
The theme of the collection was circus, which must be up there with rockabilly and the filmBelle de Jour as an overused fashion inspiration. But true to form, Chisato used her inspiration as a mere starting point, morphing quickly into hippie gypsies in paisley and woodland fairies wearing long, luxe gowns. Aesthetically, it was a treat, and it left one grateful that Chisato had found fashion in which to channel her clearly abundant energy and imagination. If she had turned instead to, say, literature, she'd probably be churning out 2,000-page sci-fi fantasy novels.
For some reason I have been thinking a lot about wearing a fun short wedding dress. Even though I am probably running off and getting hitched to an audience of one...it's still nice to have some formality to the whole operation. My main wishes for the big day are
1. be someplace that makes me feel inspired and calm
2. Be comfortable with whatever the scene is
3. Be in the moment, and able to take it all in
4. Be wearing something that I can add my own flair too
Overall, I am just elated to have found such a great guy who I can imagine spending all my days and nights with. Sometimes when he does something silly or obnoxious, he looks over and says, better get used to this, you have 40 years of it ahead. Um, I plan on living to like 99, so actually it's a whole lot longer than that.
I have no idea how people plan these things down to the last detail. I really just don't want to make it a nightmare fiasco. I just want to wander off to the desert like a gypsy and run around having fun wearing a dress dragged through dust. Giant ridiculous colorful real flowers in my hair and something sparkly somewhere on my torso. Open to lots of non traditional or traditional wedding suggestions.
This past week I had the pleasure of attending the annual Costume Designer's Guild Awards. The event was at the lovely Beverly Hilton Ballroom. The sponsor was Swarovski Crystal, and let me confess they delivered one incredible night. The Master of Ceremonies was Parker Posey (who made everything super fun) She changed 3 times during the night, each time outdoing the last ensemble.
Parker Posey, along with costume designers Bonnie Nipar, and Emma Trask
The evening was so awesome! So many incredible designers in one place, all being celebrated and honored. My favorites sitting mere tables away...Audrey Fisher from True Blood, Lou Eyrich from Glee, Janie Bryant from Mad Men, Sandy Powell (Young Victoria, Velvet Goldmine! Orlando, Gangs of New York- the list of her incredible designs in films goes on and on and on) Also receiving an award that night was darling actress EMILY BLUNT. I adore her performances in so many movies.
such fun sitting at my table with Jonny(skingraft designer) and my cohort Frank. The show had lots of great film montages and presenters (Loni Anderson, Nancy Sinatra, Nicole Kidman, Alan Cumming, Eddie Izzard, Kristen Bell & many more)
Frank looked awesome wearing my fancy vintage dangle rhinestone earrings. Which I may add were super painful, what were women thinking back then? I also ended up wearing an unbearably painful fitted strapless dress that made me look like a striped sausage. Below: lovely Valerie and Ryan
The evening had many moments of inspiration!
Above: Swarovski crystal creation for the movie "9"
Emily Blunt's amazing yellow dress from "Young Victoria"
Above- Valerie and Inka with "Precious" Costume designer Marina (center). I was giddy to meet Sandy Powell (Velvet Goldmine)She has effortless personal chic style. While I on the other hand look absolutely dreadful next to her, ha. Can this dress make me appear any more bloated?
This past Sunday Swarovski Crystal hosted a lovely brunch/ presentation featuring their new materials for costume designers. The meet and greet between guild members was such an enjoyable way to hear what is happening behind the scenes and get great advice for future projects. I was super excited by all the wonderful Swarovski crystals and supplies that were gifted to us.
the catalog in the gift bag had some cool pics- like these ones...
I'm ecstatic about my new jewels! And this new weirdo mustard yellow hat I found
and to conclude, why does this guy make everything seem more fancy?